24 Hours Late

I’m running a day late for Rory’s 24-Hour Question. But better late than never, right? Rory wants to know…

What do you like about creative writing prompts, and do you feel that they inspire you or tire you?

I enjoy creative writing prompts. I’d say that at least half of my posts are in response to such prompts. Plus I host my own daily word prompt along with a handful of weekly writing prompts. So yeah.

I like these creative writing prompts because they exercise my brain, stretch my imagination, and test my writing chops. Plus they’re fun. So yes, they do inspire me.

That said, I do sometimes tire of writing posts in response to multiple prompts and I’ll skip a few days before I get back to it. And, of course, it depends upon what’s going on in the real world, too. The more that’s going on in my OOB (outside of blogging) life, the less time I have to respond to prompts.

Bottom line, I like them, I’m inspired by them, and I appreciate the efforts those bloggers who host these prompts put into them.

SoCS — A Clean Slate

For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill has given us the word “trees.” She asks us to use the word “tree” or write about a tree. Any kind of tree.

I thought I’d write about not just one tree, but about the dozen trees that we planted in our backyard as part of a major landscaping project we undertook this past year. Here’s the story.

When my wife and I moved into our current home in early 2020, our backyard was a field of hard, dry clay. Our house was a flip, and the flipper decided to leave it up to the new owners to landscape the yard anyway they wanted to, so he covered the clay with a black tarp. He called it “a clean slate.”

About a year ago, we decided to turn our tarp-covered backyard into a green paradise. We removed the tarp, tilled the clay, added topsoil and nutrients, planted ground cover, grasses, plants, shrubbery, and around a dozen decent-sized trees where there was nothing but clay before. We even constructed a waterfall with a pond to attract birds who drink from and bathe there.

Here is a recent photo of just a small portion of our lush, landscaped yard as it looks today.

I can’t describe how much pleasure my wife and I derive when we sit on our backyard deck and look out upon the natural, park-like tranquility we have created.

FOWC with Fandango — Certify


Welcome to December 11, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “certify.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.